Technology News Recap: 30th October 2018

1. IBM to buy Red Hat

IBM has announced that they will be acquiring open-source software company Red Hat. The for $34 billion deal will help IBM expand its reach as an enterprise cloud computing provider.

Self-described leading provider of open source software and services for enterprise customers, Red hat focuses on cloud computing and Linux servers. In 2012, it became the first company providing open-source software to surpass $1 billion in revenue. It will now become a part of IBM’s Hybrid Cloud division.

IBM believes the acquisition will allow it to expand its cloud computing offerings and that the purchase of the Red Hat will help IBM reach a far wider audience. This is the largest that IBM has undertaken, and CBNC notes that IBM recently reported slowing earnings recently, as it works to catch up to the likes of Microsoft and Amazon’s own enterprise cloud business.

Source: The Verge

2. Apple: New Devices

Apple: New Ipad Pro with with USB-C, MacBook Air successor, and new Mac Mini

The iPad Pro — seemingly both sizes of it — will be getting a redesign, giving it a nearly edge-to-edge display, Face ID, and a USB-C port.

That’ll be a huge deal, as it’ll mark the first time that Apple has traded out its exclusive Lightning port in favor of the increasingly universal USB-C standard. The new iPads will not have a home button and will gain an Apple-made graphics chip, something that’s never been in an iPad before.

Moreover, a MacBook Air successor with a high-res screen is coming. There is no definitive reports on whether it’ll be updated parts in the Air’s body, a brand new take on the Air, or just an alternate version of the MacBook. The new device will have a 13-inch screen, which means that at the very least, it’ll be different than today’s MacBook.

Another attraction is an updated Mac mini which last saw a new model in 2014. It will get new processors and some other features meant for pro users. Updated iMacs and iMac Pros are also in the works, as is a processor bump for the 12-inch MacBook, but it’s not clear if those will all be ready for the event.

Source: The Verge

3. Microsoft complete GitHub acquisition

Earlier this year Microsoft announced it would be purchasing GitHub for $7.5 billion. GitHub is a large code repository that is a popular resource for developers and companies for hosting projects, documentation, and code. Apple, Amazon, Google, and many other big tech companies use GitHub. Last week, they have confirmed the acquisition to be complete. Microsoft will operate GitHub independently as a business, to keep its platform and community in place and to allow the service to “retain its product philosophy.”

Nat Friedman, Microsoft’s GitHub CEO “Our vision is to serve every developer on the planet, by being the best place to build software. This is a dream opportunity for all of us at GitHub, and we couldn’t be more excited to roll up our sleeves and start this next chapter.”

Source: The Verge

4. MIT experiment: internet to control human actions

For one night only, the MIT Media Lab will give the internet the free reigns to dictate a person’s actions for the whole evening. Researchers at the lab made a program that lets a group of users control a human being while hearing and seeing everything the person does as if they were inside the person’s mind. The MIT Media Lab dubbed the project BeeMe and has hired a human actor to play the role for the web-based social experiment. The idea behind the social experiment has been reportedly been inspired by a TV series Black Mirror specifically an episode called by “White Christmas”.

Starting on Halloween at 11PM ET, people can log onto the BeeMe website and start suggesting and then voting on what action the actor should take next, like opening a door or entering a room. (Commands that would endanger the well-being, privacy, or dignity of the actor will not be allowed.)

The researchers hope to garner more data on whether a group of people are capable of making one person execute a fluid series of tasks, or whether the results will be disjointed and random. Think “Twitch Plays Pokémon,” but with a real player.

Source: The Verge

5. TikTok is now the worlds most valuable startup

China’s Bytedance (parent of music video app TikTok) has overtaken Uber as the world’s most valuable startup.

After closing a $3 billion funding round, Bytedance has reached a reported $75 billion valuation. Its closest competition, Uber Technologies, falls $3 billion short of that benchmark, according to CB Insights, a tech market intelligence platform. Uber is reportedly vying for an IPO in 2019 that could boost its value to $120 billion, but Bytedance holds top billing for now.

Bytedance is also the owner of a huge Chinese news aggregator Toutiao. Both have fallen foul of Chinese government censors this year; the news app was temporarily removed from the app store. Bytedance founder and CEO Zhang Yiming published an open letter apologizing for “publishing a product that collided with core socialist values.”

Source: The Verge

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